Himurja looks to cover most Shimla rooftops with solar plants

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 11

Himurja, state government's nodal agency for renewable energy programmes, is planning to cover as many rooftops as possible in Shimla with the 3 kw grid-connected solar rooftop power plants. The agency has written to the Shimla Smart City Mission to chip in with financial assistance to reduce the initial investment on setting up solar plants, making it more viable for people.

"There's already a 40 per cent subsidy from the Centre on the solar plant and the state provides another Rs 12,000 subsidy. A 3kw solar plant costs 1.26 lakh. With these two subsidies, the beneficiary share reduces to Rs 63,000," said Himurja CEO Rupali Thakur.

"We are seeking an assistance of Rs 10,000 per kw from the Smart City Mission. If our proposal is approved, the beneficiary's share for a 3kw plant will reduce further by Rs 30,000. He will just need to pay Rs 33,000 for the plant," said Thakur.

The agency has already carried out a survey of government accommodations and private buildings across the city to check the feasibility of installing solar plants.

"As many as 296 government accommodations and 476 private buildings have been found suitable for installing solar plants," said Thakur. The agency has already received the administrative approval for installation on government accommodations and the work is likely to start soon.

Thakur feels if the Smart City Mission approves their proposal and contributes Rs 10,000 per kw for a 3kw plant, it will go a long way in encouraging people to opt for solar energy and making Shimla cleaner and greener.

"The Centre's subsidy for the plant in pre-Covid times was 70 per cent. The reduction to 40 per cent has made people a little circumspect. If we get the Smart City support, the enthusiasm among people will be back," said Thakur.

"Apart from reducing the carbon emission and making the city green, solar plants will save people a lot of money in their power bills," said Thakur. To cut down the carbon emissions, Himurja is also in touch with the Transport Department.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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